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Environment

The Ultimate in Sustainable Toys: A Placenta Teddy Bear

DiscoblogBy Melissa LafskyOctober 2, 2009 12:14 AM
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We're all for sustainable toys. After all, having children is the single most carbon-intensive action human beings can take, so the least we can do is give our kids a recycled rubber ball or eco-friendly duckie to play with. And so we applaud the efforts of green-minded design group [re]design in putting together an exhibition of sustainable toys from around the world. But there is a line to all of this. And that line is the Placenta Teddy Bear. If you want to eat it, that's your business—but forcing your placenta on the world in the name of sustainability is another matter. Here's a description, courtesy of Inhabitots:

A crafty alternative for those who don’t necessarily want to eat their baby’s placenta, but want to pay their respects to the life sustaining organ by turning it into a one-of-a-kind teddy bear. Green’s ‘Twin Teddy Kit’ ‘celebrates the unity of the infant, the mother and the placenta,’ and enables preparation of the placenta so it may be transformed into a teddy bear. The placenta must be cut in half and rubbed with sea salt to cure it. After it is dried out, it is treated with an emulsifying mixture of tannin and egg yolk to make it soft and pliable. Then, you craft it into a teddy bear.

Then, you wait for the apocalypse. Which can't come too soon. (Hat tip to Maia Weinstock.) Related Content: Discoblog: Cooking with Joel Stein: How to Eat a Placenta Discoblog: Uncontroversial Stem Cells Are Just a Used Tampon Away

Image: Inhabitots

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